A sweet harvest tradition returns

In a live demonstration staged in the Cades Cove area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Mark Guenther puts sweet sorghum cane through a mule-powered mill. Milling is the first step of the sorghum syrup-making process. Photo by Valerie Polk, provided by Great Smoky Mountains Association.

Not so long ago, many farming families in Southern Appalachia celebrated the long-anticipated arrival of the harvest season with a special treat: fresh sorghum syrup. Today, thousands still flock to see the syrup-making process and get a taste of the sweet stuff when Mark and Sherry Guenther of Muddy Pond Sorghum host their seasonal demonstrations […]